FRANCE: Pernod Ricard chairman dies
Patrick Ricard, who died late last week
The company confirmed the news late on Friday (17 August). Ricard, died of a suspected heart attack on an island owned by the family off the south coast of France.
He joined the Ricard company, which was founded in 1932 by his father, in 1967. Five years later, he became MD, before becoming MD of the merged Pernod Ricard entity in 1975.
Three years later, he was appointed chairman & CEO. During his tenure, he oversaw Pernod Ricard's acquisitions of Seagram and Allied Domecq, as well as the purchase of Sweden's Vin & Sprit and its Abdsolut vodka brand in March, 2008. He stepped down from his executive roles later the same year, remaining as chairman of the board.
He was married with three children.
To read a just-drinks interview with Patrick from 2008, prior to his relinquishing of the CEO role, click here.
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